Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the brewpub in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber brew with a thick beige head that has some good retention and excellent lacing. Aroma of toasted and smoked multi-grain caramel malt, a touch of maple syrup, bacon, and floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, very light carbonation with flavors of smoked caramel malt, some milk chocolate, maple, and a touch of toffee. Finish continues the smoked malt aftertaste with a semi-sweet malt character. A solid smoked beer with a good balance of flavor.
badgerben (4726) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Skyview. Dark brown color with a medium head. Light smokey aroma. Lots more smoke in the flavor. Plenty of that good, Bamburg smoke. Dry grain finish.
nuplastikk (5374) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the OF. Oh yes, finally a Rauchbier makes it’s way to the Fash. Filtered looking, deep amber brown, approaching a Portery color. Certainly reminiscent of the greats like Schlenkerla. A great smoked beer, straight down the middle, perhaps with a little bonus chocolate malt.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Titletown. Finally, after mentioning to Dave about how he should brew a smoked beer, he finally did. And by how the bar crowd was reacting to it, it appears that Wisconsites love a smoked beer. Anyway, the appearance was of a rich reddish brown color with a light tan frothy head. Aroma is of light chocolate, malt, and faint smoke. Taste is light chocolate, smoked, mild malt, and a ligh hop fruitiness. Everything fits together well with this beer. Coming into Titletown I had a fear on how this one would taste as Dave never brewed this style before, however, he nailed it on the head. Nothing is one side like some smoked (Schlenkerla). This one is completely balanced and it would suit any beer lover perfectly no matter their preference on smoked beers. The only complaint is the finish has a bit of harsh bitterness that removes the great flavor achieved in this beer. However, don’t let my rating put you off to this beer, it’s only a slight complaint and the rest of what I say is true. This is a terrific beer! Good job Dave!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep ruby color with a large off-white head with lots of lacing. Aroma is like a mix between a smoldering campfire, and smoked summer sausage. Taste is smoked malts, with syrupy richness, and a bitter finish. A very good smoked beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasantly surprising,definetly pick up the beechwood in aroma,also some quality molassas/chocolate malting. Flavor is the same,smoke not the intensity of the German brews ,but surprisingly distinct, one of the best midwest smoked beers i have had
Guerde (1261) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(growler from Skyview) Pours light brown with an off-white head. The aroma is composed of a lot of campfire wood, some chocolate, and lightly burnt microwave popcorn. The taste is very nice with a great balance of sweet and smoky flavors. Some chocolate, roasted malt, and of course smoke show up, but one doesn’t dominate over the other. This was a pretty good beer, that would be quite sessionable.
JK (5418) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Skyview. Aroma has oak with light smoke. Moderate smoke in the flavor, with a thin but appropriate malt body. Very dark brown, with a medium palate. A fine job from a small brewpub. Certainly recognizable as a smoked beer. I wish more small brewers would give this style a go.
That1Guy (2151) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crushed with Jakebra and co. at the brewery. Aight. Smoke. Bacon. Awesome. Pretty sexy.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve had only a handful of experiences with rauchbiers. It was a nice brew from Ttown, however i expected a lot more coming through in its smokey character. Pours a dark copper colour with a medium sized white head. aroma is oaky, slightly smokey and nutty. Taste is rich, lighter then i imagined but pleasent adn creamy.